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Valentine’s Day Ideas

February 12, 2014

Festive Valentine’s Day Treats

Yesterday my kids hauled out the construction paper, glitter glue, gem stickers and paint. That’s right, folks—it’s Valentine’s Day prep time.  While the kids are busy making their tangible signs of appreciation, we adults can do the same. But instead of pipe cleaners and lace, we get to use delicious ingredients in the kitchen. I think we can all be happy about that option!

There are a number of festive Valentine’s Day treats to try, from ones that are frosted in pink, red and white to fruit or chocolate creations. No matter which treats your loved ones favor, there are many delicious options.

Here’s a recipe for a classic sugar roll-out cookie:

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies (adapted from allrecipes.com)

1 ½ cups butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough on a floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

To decorate:

Make icing by combining confectioners’ sugar and milk. Make it fairly thin, so you can ‘paint’ the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. You want it thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles in red, pink and white.

I also would love to try these truffles:

Easy Decadent Truffles (adapted from allrecipes.com)

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until well blended. Stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls.

Roll truffles in coconut, confectioners’ sugar, candy sprinkles, or heart-shaped sprinkles.

These Easy Eats recipes are perfect for Valentine’s Day, too:

Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Torte

Dessert Pizza

If you need festive treats for a large group but are short on time, not to worry. When you’re shopping for Minnesota groceries, include a dessert sampler for delicious simplicity:

Cheesecake sampler

And treats don’t necessarily have to be food. I think that flowers are a lovely treat—and for those Valentines who may be watching their waistlines or have other dietary restrictions, you can’t go wrong with a bright bouquet. Plus, these gifts are easy to include with your Twin Cities grocery delivery. This time of year, they’re packed in a sleeve with extra insulating foam for protection. Flowers might not be available on the coldest days, so check online to see current availability.

Tulips

Valentine Pink Shimmering Bouquet

Kids don’t get to have all of the fun of Valentine’s Day. Grownups can make some festive treats in the kitchen that say “I love you” and satisfy the sweet tooth, too.

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